Amsterdam Tourist Attractions

Amsterdam lies in the province of Noord-Holland at the junction of the Amstel with the IJ, an arm of the IJsselmeer. Including its 10 outer suburbs, Amsterdam has a population of over a million, forming the largest conurbation in what is known as "Randstad Holland". Amsterdam is capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but is neither the permanent royal residence nor the seat of government, both of which are in The Hague.

Sightseeing Trips

Nearly everyone goes on a canal trip when they're in Amsterdam - there are numerous glass- topped boats taking visitors through the canals and out onto the Amstel and round the harbor. It's also quite an experience to do the tour at night, especially the candlelit version, on a boat lit by candles included in the price. The tours depart every hour during the summer, and at longer intervals in winter. They last between an hour and half a day, and the commentary is in four languages. Tours can be booked in the Amsterdam VVV tourist information centers, or with the operators direct.

Dutch National Museum

The Dutch National Museum in Amsterdam contains over 7 million pieces of art, with an extensive collection of Dutch art. The neo-Gothic building which houses the museum was built in the 1880s.

South of Central Area

Eastern Central Area

South Central Area



Eastern Districts


Western Central Area

Southern Districts

National Aeronautics and Space Travel

A permanent exhibition on aviation, the National Aeronautics and Space Travel Museum (Avidrome) is one of the world's first modern aviation museums.
Notable attractions include the world's first motorized aircraft, antique Fokkers, a Spitfire and a Hunter fighter jet.
The collection, which is under a geodesic dome, includes a wide range of aircraft used by Dutch organizations.
It has one of the finest collections of scale models of aircraft developed in The Netherlands and there are also excellent collections of flying clothing and aero engines.
Address: Pelikaanweg 50, Lelystad, Noord-Holland 8218 PG, Netherlands

Antique Shops

There are a great many antique shops centered around the Nieuwe Spiegstraat, Spiegelgracht, Rokin and Elandsgracht. Prices for top items are no cheaper here than in the other big European cities.

Beurs van Berlage Museum

The Beurs van Berlage is one of the most important architectural monuments of its kind. There are drawings and mock-ups of the building as well as documents about it on display.
Address: Damrak 277, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1012 ZJ, Netherlands

Huis Marseille - Foundation for Photography

The Foundation for Photography in Huis Marseille conatins a collection which spans the twentieth century. The main emphasis is on contemporary work by photographers involved in the visual arts.
Address: Keizersgracht 401, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1016 EK, Netherlands


The Amsterdam Metro's three lines cover 40 km of which 3.5 km are in tunnel and 24 km are elevated. Perhaps most noteworthy is the stop directly under Schiphol airport which makes it quite easy for travelers to get downtown.
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 108-114, Postbox 2131, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1000 CC, Netherlands


This museum of baking (Banketbakkersmuseum) and pastrymaking has an old bakery with shops, old engravings, recipe books, etc.

Museum of Spectacles

Seven hundred years of the art, culture and history of spectacles are presented at the Museum of Spectacles (Brilmuseum) in Amsterdam.
Address: Gasthuismolensteeg 7, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1016 AM, Netherlands

Zeiss Planetarium Artis

The Zeiss Planetarium in Amsterdam features a Zeiss IV-B which was installed in 1988. Its dome measures 20 m.
Address: Artis Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, Box 20164, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1000 HD, Netherlands

Stichting EnergeticA

Stichting EnergeticA in Amsterdam is a museum of science and technology.
Address: Hoogte Kadijk 400, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland 1018 BW, Netherlands

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